Residency vs. Internship
The question “how long is residency” is one that seems to confuse almost everyone. Also, the idea of “what is a medical internship” is confusing as well. That’s because a medical internship is a completely different animal than a typical internship, say in business, public relations or social work.
Here’s the quick answer to both questions:
What is an Internship?
The first year of a medical residency is called an internship. Essentially, a first year resident is completing their medical internship.
How long is a residency?
Medical residencies last from 3-7 years in total. Most medical residencies are four years long, with surgical residencies being five years long. A neurosurgery residency is the longest, at seven years. Here’s a list of different residencies and their length:
|Emergency Medicine||3-4 years|
|Family Practice||3 years|
|Internal Medicine||3 years|
|General Surgery||5 years|
|Orthopedic Surgery||5 years (includes 1 year of general surgery)|
|Urology||5 years (includes 1 year of general surgery)|
|Plastic Surgery||6 years|
|Anesthesiology||3 years plus PGY-1 Transitional/Preliminary|
|Dermatology||3 years plus PGY-1 Transitional/Preliminary|
|Neurology||3 years plus PGY-1 Transitional/Preliminary|
|Ophthalmology||3 years plus PGY-1 Transitional/Preliminary|
|Physical Medicine||3-4 years|
|Diagnostic Radiology||4 years plus PGY-1 Transitional/Preliminary|
|Radiation Oncology||4 years plus PGY-1 Transitional/Preliminary|
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